SAVANNAH, Ga. - Flagler College hit 24-of-31 shots from the floor in the second half for a blistering 77.4 percent as the Saints halted a three-game winning streak for Armstrong State University men's basketball with a 99-89 Peach Belt Conference victory on Monday evening at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates fall to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the PBC with the loss, while Flagler improves to 9-10 overall and 3-9 in the Peach Belt. Armstrong State returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Francis Marion for a 7:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest against the Patriots in Florence, S.C.
Armstrong State struggled taking care of the basketball in the first half, committing 10 turnovers as Flagler built a 42-32 lead at the break. Flagler built a 16-point lead midway through the second half, but the Pirates were able to chip away using full-court pressure to force eight second-half turnovers and close the gap to five points, 88-83, on a pair of Denzel Council free throws with 1:41 left.
The Pirates would get no closer, however, as Flagler scored on six of its final seven trips down the floor in closing out the 10-point win.
The Saints finished the game shooting 61.2 percent from the floor (41-of-67) while hitting just 7-of-20 three-pointers (35 percent) and 10-of-15 free throws (66.7 percent). Armstrong State hit 47.6 percent from the floor (30-of-63) and just 6-of-18 from three-point range (33.3 percent) while hitting 23-of-29 free throws (79.3 percent).
Reigning PBC Player of the Week Corey Tillery led a quartet of Pirates in double figures with 22 points, while freshman Kalen Clifton added 21 points. Junior KJ James collected 19 points and junior Denzel Council added 18 points.
Flagler placed six of its eight players who saw action in the contest in double figures, led by 19 points from Jeffercy Jean. Cortlin Davis had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Williams added 17 points.